I have been thinking some more about Job. Throughout the book of Job, there are numerous conversations that take place. There are a lot of back and forth discussions between Job and the other people that have been sitting with him during his time of tremendous testing.
What is interesting is that once the “friends” arrived, they sat in silence for 7 days—2:11-13. No one said anything. At first the men did not even know it was Job they were seeing. Talk about the sound of silence, WoW. Once the talk began, there was very little silence. Then in chapter 40:4-Job says that it is time for him to be quiet and listen. God had been speaking, and at times, Job had responded. Now starting in verse 2 of chapter 40, the conversation goes like this: God speaks, “Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it. 3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Even in the language of the KJV, it is easy to understand what Job says at the end of verse 4. I will shut my mouth and listen.
Sometimes people get so busy with the noise of the world, and even our own lives, the voice of the Lord becomes silent to them, to us. It may even get to the point that we try to talk over the voice of the Lord. Like Job, we think we know best, and maybe God needs to listen to us for awhile. We need, instead, to say what Job says in verse 4. Read that verse again. Silence on our part is what is called for.
In more than one place in Scripture, God needs to silence someone before He can get through to the person He is speaking to. We see it here in the Book of Job, but also in:
Moses-Deuteronomy 3:26-God tells Moses not to speak any more about going over and seeing the Promised Land. God had made it very clear that because of Moses disobedience, he would never enter the Promised Land—Be quiet about it.
David-Psalm 39:9-David knows that God has allowed and brought the troubles into his life through the providence of God. He sees that God always does best and he must now keep silent about it.
The Lost-Romans 3:19-There is no arguing with God when it comes to what is right, wrong, moral, immoral, truth or a lie. His Word is final—His law is just, and his justice is right
The whole earth-Habakkuk 2:20-God is on His throne. It does not matter if a person is Jew or Gentile, All are to bow in awe, silence and reverence before the Sovereign Lord.
There are many times we are to praise, to rejoice, to shout for joy unto the Lord. He is worthy to be praised. But, do we get so busy with the noise of the world, busy with our own defense before the holy, just God that God has to silence us, so He can speak to us? There is a lot of value in those times of our being silent before God. Job put his own hand to his mouth. We can make a choice to be silent, or the Lord can silence us. Rejoice when it is time to rejoice, but be silent when it is time to simply listen to the voice/Word of God.